Thailand to increase security for draft constitution referendum


 BANGKOK, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) — Security will be tight for the upcoming referendum day on Aug. 19, when Thais will cast their votes on the draft constitution, as a total of 187,950 police and army personnel will be deployed to guard 87,824 polling booths throughout Thailand from Sunday through the date.

    Thai News Agency quoted Pol. Gen. Vichian Pojposri, acting deputy national police chief, as saying that police and army personnel would also provide protection for transporting ballots and ballot boxes in cities and remote areas.

    The number of police in the violence-plagued southernmost provinces, Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat, will be tripled on Aug. 19 to provide protection for election officials and people traveling to the polling booths, said Vichian.

    Meanwhile, the Election Commission will in the next few days deliver ballots for use in the referendum to northern and northeastern provinces.

    The government has launched a public campaign calling for eligible voters to attend the referendum on the draft constitution, which was endorsed by the post-coup government and its military backer the Council for National Security, which ousted Thaksin administration in the Sept. 19 coup last year and nullified the 1997 constitution which had been in practice for nearly a decade.

Thailand to increase security for draft constitution referendum

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